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Glendower Golf Club Is Preparing To Continue Their Proud Heritage
Built in 1937, the Glendower Golf Club made an early impact, hosting The Transvaal Open only two years into its existence. The winner was Bobby Locke in what was then a world record score of 265, after rounds of 66, 69, 66, and 64.

In the eighties, the course underwent major changes, with all 18 greens being reshaped and rebuilt, with new tee positions being implemented, and water hazards being clear and extended, and new water hazards added.

Since that time, the course has hosted the South African Open three times, in 1987, 1993, and 1997. Trees, water hazards - on 11 holes - and bunkers are plentiful. The signature hole is the par-four tenth, rated one of the 500 best holes in golf by Golf Online. It plays from 383 to 425 meters long and features water on the left, with tough bunkers on the right.


In 1935 ten businessmen joined together, formed a company and purchased the farm "Glendower" with the purpose of creating a Country Club. The farm was 126 morgan in extent with much of it being taken up by plantations of trees. An English golf architect, Mr. Allison was employed to plan the course and a South African professional golfer, A.F.Tomsett, was assigned the task of the construction. It was also planned that the club should have a polo pitch but this was abandoned due to the high cost of leveling the ground.

The club was eventually opened on the 7th March 1937. Such was the standard of the work and layout that after only two years the club played host to its first major tournament, The Transvaal Open Championship. This was won by Mr. A. D. "Bobby" Locke in a World Record score of 265 shooting rounds of 66,69,66 and 64. In 1946 forty professionals from South Africa and Rhodesia played in a tournament for 100 pounds, the largest purse ever for a South African tournament at the time. In 1973 the club was proclaimed a Nature Reserve. This proclamation was in order to preserve the excellent bird-life that is to be found on the course.

During the 80's the course saw a major face change. All 18 greens were reshaped and rebuilt, new tee positions were added, existing water hazards were cleared and extended and new water features added at a number of holes. The changes have made the club one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in South Africa and at present we are rated the best course in Gauteng and 4th best in South Africa by the Complete Golfer.

We have also been prestigious host to the South African Open in 1987, 1993 and 1997. The club has had a wonderful history and with the foresight and efforts of previous and current committees we are prepared to continue our proud heritage into the new millennium.

We can assist you with your golf tour to the Glendower Golf Club.

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About the Author
Rael and Julia Zieve is Golferswild in South Africa - formed in March 2005 as an inbound Golf and Safari Tour Operation. We are a fully fledged I.A.T.A travel agent. We have a "hands on approach". We will make sure that you enjoy playing your game of golf in South Africa. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me on. E-mail address: golferswild@webcraft.ws. Website address: www.golferswild.co.za.
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